October is one of the best months here along the sunny Grand Strand. Summer heat has begun to subside along with the humidity, and it’s an all around great time to be outdoors—especially with little ones! This month also offers a ton of free festivals and events. We also have a ton of neat activities scheduled for Halloween, as well, and we’ll share those in a coming post!

Surfside Beach Family Festival

Rescheudled to November 5

Surfside Drive in the town of Surfside Beach will be transformed into a fun celebration Oct. 1 at the Surfside Beach Family Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Expect art and craft vendors, festival foods, children’s activities, and two stages of live entertainment, along with thousands of people enjoying it all. The event is intended to be held rain or shine.

Brookgreen Gardens Harvest Home Weekend Festival, Oct. 1 and 2

This annual favorite takes over beautiful Brookgreen Gardens for a weekend of all things fall, with highlights including mystery scarecrow-building, a pumpkin patch and pumpkin decorating, and hay maze. Plus, food vendors, as well as onsite restaurants, will be serving up goodies, and Alabama Theater’s Greg Rowles and other performers will entertain the crowd.

Brookgreen Gardens Harvest Home Weekend Festival

2nd Annual Myrtle Beach Fall Jerk Fest

Resheduled to October 30

The all-day Myrtle Beach Fall Jerk Fest on Oct. 2 takes place on Broadway Street in downtown Myrtle Beach, where the history and revitalization of historical Broadway Street, the city’s first road and location of many of its first businesses, will be celebrated. With the street shut down, food trucks, retail vendors, and family-friendly live entertainment will move in.

17th Annual Little River Shrimp Fest, Oct. 8 and 9

The scenic backdrop of the Little River waterfront along the Intracoastal Waterway makes this family-friendly festival worth checking out – and that’s on top of all the delicious shrimp! Festival goers will have the chance to sample some of the best local seafood to be found along the Grand Strand, while enjoying a children’s play area, a wide variety of vendors, live entertainment and more. Food and beverage vendors are aplenty at this festival, so be sure to come hungry. 

Little River Shrimpfest

42nd Annual Loris Bog-Off Festival, Oct. 15

Dating back to 1980, this festival is an October institution here along the Grand Strand! The Loris Bog-Off is a celebration of all things chicken bog—a regional dish of chicken, rice, onion, spices and more—and takes place in downtown Loris. It’s free to attend the one-day festival, with events kicking off at 9 a.m. Families can expect to find hundreds of vendors, a chicken bog-cooking contest, live concerts, a car and tractor show, fireworks, inflatables, and much more.

Loris Bog-Off

Family Fall Fest, Oct. 15

Deville Street, the main artery of The Market Common will host the second annual Family Fall Fest Oct. 15, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free activities will include hayrides, pumpkin decorating, scarecrow-making (BYO clothes and they’ll provide the hay and twine), face-painting, balloon art, and some delicious fall treats to sip and eat. Activities are free. (Hayrides will begin and end on Reed Street in front of Francesca’s.)

33rd Annual Wooden Boat Show, Oct. 15 and 16

This is a longtime tradition of historic downtown Georgetown. One of the best wooden boat exhibits in the Southeast will be displayed along Front Street and in the water, featuring more than 100 classic wooden boats. There will also be a boatbuilding competition, corrugated boat race, children’s model boatbuilding, a youth sailing regatta, knot-tying demos, maritime arts and crafts, food, and fun. All proceeds benefit the South Carolina Maritime Museum.

Wooden Boat Show

Kind Keeper Animal Rescue Fall Festival, Oct. 22 and 23

Kind Keeper Animal Rescue in Longs will host its second annual Fall Festival from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, which features food vendors and food trucks, bounce houses, crafts, games, live music, adoptable animals, and more. All proceeds raised from the festival will go toward funding Kind Keeper’s new facility on the 10 acres of land where the festival is being held.

Klig’s Kites Kite Festival, Oct. 22 and 23

Keep your eyes on the sky for the amazing 5th annual Klig’s Kites Kite Festival, held at the Ocean Club at Grande Dunes. Besides the sights of kites, food and drinks will be available to purchase. Parking is free for those with kites.

Families flying kites at the kite festival at Huntington Beach

Scarecrow Contest, Oct. 22-29

Take in all the fun of a Scarecrow Contest at Rainey Park on Front Street in Georgetown, with a  Scarecrow Party on Saturday, October 23rd from 1-3 p.m. featuring games, special treats, and ghost stories.